• Literacy

Sharp Reading:Struggling Older Readers (SOR) and SevenPlus CARE SCHOOLS ONLY

PL # 11497
Starting from 24 Oct 2017 till 21 Nov 2017
Cancellation permitted until 18 Oct 2017

Event registrations closed on 20 Oct 2017

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


Struggling Older Readers is part of SHARP READING.  This event will be run in two parts over two different days. 

For students who are 2 years + below their chronological age OR are starting to slip behind (students require a reading age of 7+ to access this program)

This workshop is specifically designed to assist teachers of those older students who 'get stuck' on decoding and haven't yet developed the decoding fluency they need to become confident readers. 


Part One: "SevenPlus" - An 8-10 week intervention
The starting point is SevenPlus, an Intervention carefully designed to address the needs of readers who are stuck at around a reading age of seven, or who are progressing but only slowly. Decoding strategies, fluency and vocabulary are all attended to in a routine that ensures success and the rebuilding of confidence.

Part Two: Transitioning from intervention back into classroom guided reading
The success or failure of any intervention is usually determined by what happens next. A modified SharpReading Stage 2 routine which helps transition learners back into a more mainstreamed guided reading routine is provided. This ensures that the newly found confidence and enthusiasm for reading is maintained and prepares students for Stage 3 - Comprehension Strategy Instruction.



  • SevenPlus Teacher’s manual
  • Especially formatted Storybytes and Infobytes
  • Access video clips of the routine so that you can go back and review.

Target Audience: 

Primary and lower secondary teachers, literacy support teachers, teacher assistants, literacy leaders


Jill Buckrell(AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant
Jill Buckrell<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Jill Buckrell is a Literacy Consultant with previous experience as a teacher and school leader in both urban and remote schools. She has a strong commitment to improving literacy outcomes for Aboriginal students and has been involved in several major Indigenous Education initiatives in the past as a school principal in remote WA and the Northern Territory. Jill began work at AISWA as a literacy consultant in 2012 and is involved in a number of key professional learning initiatives including: Big Six, Hot Readers and Data Conversations to Target Instruction (literacy). She is also an accredited Sharp Reading presenter and manages the implementation of this program in Western Australia. Jill co-organises the annual Broome Conference for remote Aboriginal schools. Jill’s particular interest lies in the research, development and application of quality literacy strategies and opportunities for students who underachieve in literacy.

Christopher Witt(AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant | Animal Ethics Executive Officer
Christopher Witt<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Christopher Witt joined AISWA in 2009. Prior to that he was a Consultant at STEPS Professional Development.  At STEPS, Chris developed a literacy resource for secondary teachers: Tactical Teaching Reading. It included materials and professional learning courses and had great success nationally and internationally, helping many secondary teachers to successfully support literacy across their curriculum area.

After teaching for 25 years, Chris worked in various advisory and consultancy roles in curriculum improvement. He has been at AISWA for 12 years as a Literacy Consultant providing support for teachers and schools in professional learning and literacy improvement initiatives. This includes Sharp Reading, First Steps and Primary Connections. Key PL programs developed by Chris at AISWA include Scaffolding Adolescent Literacy and Programming and Assessment in English (P-10). 

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Event Segment

Date / Time

24 Oct 2017 Starts: 16:00 Finishes: 18:00

Delivery Format : In Person

PL Hours : 2.00

Event Segment

Date / Time

21 Nov 2017 Starts: 16:00 Finishes: 18:00

Delivery Format : In Person

PL Hours : 2.00

Course Number


Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Other (non-teaching)

Event Contact

AITSL Standards